The Braves have acquired 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Paul Maholm, 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Reed Johnson and cash considerations from the Cubs for 25-year old righty reliever Jaye Chapman and 21-year old starter/reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Maholm pitched in 21 games (20 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 206 games (205 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 62-79 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Reed Johnson has played in 76 games for the Cubs this year and he is 51 of 169 (.302 avg, .799 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,073 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 908 of 3,198 (.284 avg, .756 OPS) with 474 runs scored, 62 homers, 365 RBIs and 41 stolen bases.
Jaye Chapman was not one of the better prospects of the Braves coming into this season. But, he pitched really well in AAA-ball for the Braves this year, increasing his value. Chapman pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Braves and he was 3-6 with 7 saves, a 3.52 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Arodys Vizcaino came into this season as the Braves’ #2 prospect, but he had Tommy John Surgery this spring. He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Braves last year and he was 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
This was a good deal for the Braves as Maholm will improve the starting rotation and Reed Johnson will help the bench as he can hit and play all three outfield spots defensively.